Quentin Blake’s Box of Treasures has been commissioned by the BBC from Eagle Eye Drama.

The animated box set of specials is based on six iconic best-selling books (Zagazoo, Loveykins, Jack and Nancy, Snuff, Angel Pavement and Mrs Armitage on Wheels) from Sir Quentin Blake.

Commissioned by BBC’s Head of Commissioning 7+ Sarah Muller, the programme will be produced by Eagle Eye Drama in co-production with Creative Conspiracy and in association with animation studios Spicy Acorn, Tchack and Kong. The series will be directed by Gerrit Bekers and produced by Eagle Eye’s Creative Director for Animation Massimo Fenati and Executive Producer Tess Cuming, along with Creative Conspiracy’s Luc Van Driessche, with Eagle Eye Drama’s Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino overseeing the project.

Created with traditional hand drawn animation techniques, Quentin Blake’s Box of Treasures will add to BBC’s long-established tradition of animated specials that include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Zog, and Superworm, Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas and Wallace and Gromit films A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, A Matter of Loaf and Death, and The Curse of the Were Rabbit.

Eagle Eye Drama’s Executive Producer Tess Cuming said: “Sir Quentin Blake is one of the world’s most iconic and best-loved authors for readers of all ages and we are honoured to be working with him to bring this landmark box set of animations to life for BBC, and to be adding such a prestigious modern classic to our growing animation slate. Blake’s quirky, original and funny stories have been enjoyed by children and their families for decades and we’re delighted Eagle Eye along with our partners have this unique opportunity to bring them to the screen for the first-time capturing Blake’s iconic, inimitable style.”

Quentin Blake said: “I am tremendously pleased to be working with Eagle Eye, who I’ve successfully teamed up with before, along with the BBC, on what will be the first ever series based on my work. It will be most enjoyable to see characters from some of my books jumping off the pages and onto the television screen.”

Quentin Blake’s Box of Treasures will be distributed internationally by Aardman Animations.

Quentin Blake is represented by United Agents.

Jon Creamer

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